Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar has said that Bangladesh is close to adopting emerging technologies like IoT, robotics and blockchain.
The minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a virtual meeting on "Hardware and Software Business Crisis and Things to Do" organised by the Elephant Road Computer Society (ECS) in Dhaka on Friday.As the backbone of Digital Bangladesh, government has made arrangements to send digital facilities to the doorsteps of the people, he said. “So we will be able to meet the challenges of technology.”
Mustafa Jabbar noted that people from all walks of life, including businesses and industries, low-wage day laborers, small-to-large-medium traders, and middle-income people are all passing a challenging time because of corona pandemic.
He said that digital devices including computers, routers are essential to digital Bangladesh campaign to overcome this situation. The country’s trade bodies can play an important role in protecting the interests of all by solving problems and providing emergency services such as IT and IT enabled services, he added. In 1998-99, government waived taxes of Tk 2.10 billion on computers, making computers affordable to the general public, the minister informed.
Elephant Road Computer Society (ECS) president Mostafizur Rahman Tuhine, Shop Owners Association president Tawfiq Ehsan, Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) president Shahid-ul-Munir, ECS Leader Mujahid Al Beruni, Global Technology Director Jasim Uddin, owner of Computer Source Asab Ullah Khan and representatives of BCS Branch of Mirpur, Chittagong, Khulna and Jashore branches were present at the meeting.